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Part of a letter by C. R. Cockerell, from Siracusa, Sicily, to Robert Smirke regarding Cockerell's speculative restoration of the Temple of Olympian Zeus at Agrigento, dated 22 January 1813

RIBA Ref No RIBA97785
Architect/DesignerCockerell, Charles Robert (1788-1863)
Artist/PhotographerCockerell, Charles Robert (1788-1863)
CountryItaly
CityAgrigento
Image Date1813
StyleGreek
MediumManuscript
Library ReferenceCoC:add/1/18 recto
OrientationLandscape
Colour InfoColour
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectTemples ; Architects
NOTES: This is a copy of part of an original letter by Cockerell. It describes his speculative restoration of the Temple of Olympian Zeus at Agrigento (referred to by Cockerell as the Temple of Jupiter Olympius at Girgenti): he describes the task, makes observations and gives reasons for his theory on the restoration; "I hope [you] will admire this bold and singular construction as much as I do, and that you will [be] as satisfied as I feel about the truth of my speculation". The letter includes a sketch on the form of construction of the capitals and columns and a sketch of the head of one of the figures from the temple. Originally the letter included a sketch of Cockerell's restoration of the temple.
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